Accessibility in the darmstadtium

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Accessible tourism is growing continuously but this rise is also due to demographic developments. Accessibility offers comfort for some as it makes it much easier for them to access places, and for others, it is a necessity as it ensures they are able to access all rooms within a building without having to navigate obstacles.
Accessibility and providing unrestricted access to all rooms were considered important factors when planning and constructing the darmstadtium.

"Reisen für Alle" ("Travelling for everyone")

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The congress centre Darmstadt has been inspected and certified as an accessible company in accordance with the "Reisen für Alle" ("Travelling for everyone") accessibility certificate issued by HA Hessen Agentur GmbH. Read more about this certification

A few tips concerning accessibility have been compiled by “Reisen für Alle” (“Travelling for Everyone”) in the following. You can find detailed information on their website (available only in german).

  • There are four marked parking spaces for people with disabilities in the underground car park (size of parking space: 500 cm x 500 cm; distance from the entrance: approx. 6 m). The pathway between the underground car park and the lifts has a gradient of 8 percent over 120 m.
  • From the bus stop, you can reach the entrance via an easily walkable and passable path.
  • Access to the building involves passing over a threshold 2 cm in height.
  • All rooms that can be used by guests are at ground-level or are accessible by lift.
  • All passages/doors are at least 90 cm wide (except for the door to the conference room “copernicium”, which is 86

    cm).

  • The lift cars are at least 110 cm x 140 cm in size (except for the lift between Restaurant Calla and the Café, which is 105 cm x 145 cm). The control panels in the lifts are arranged horizontally.
  • At the lowest point, the reception desk is 80 cm high. There is an alternative communication option while seated.
  • At Restaurant Calla, there are many tables under which you can fit a wheelchair; however, these are not available at the Café.

 WCs for people with disabilities

  • Movement areas in front of the WCs and sinks are at least 150 cm x 150 cm (except for the WC in the foyer, with an area of 140 cm x 180 cm).
  • The movement areas in the washrooms next to the WC are as follows (width x depth):
    WC level 0: right 100 cm x 70 cm, left 70 cm x 70 cm;
    WC foyer 1.08: right 80 cm x 67 cm, left 95 cm x 67 cm;
    WC level 2: right 90 cm x 70 cm, left 88 cm x 70 cm;
    WC congress hall “ferrum”: right 110 cm x 70 cm, left 54 cm x 70 cm;
    WC level 3: right 113 cm x 58 cm, left 96 cm x 60 cm;
    WC foyer 3.12: right 60 cm x 75 cm, left 70 cm x 95 cm.
  • All WCs are equipped with handles that can be folded up on both sides.
  • The sinks have limited wheelchair access and the mirrors can be seen whilst standing or sitting.

 

You can also use the offer provided by Deutsche Bahn (German railway company): The app DB Barrierefrei is primarily designed to meet the needs of passengers with physical and sensory impairments, but also provides additional value for many other passengers.

 

 

 

A few tips concerning accessibility have been compiled by “Reisen für Alle” (“Travelling for Everyone”) in the following. You can find detailed information on their website (available only in german).

  • There is an audio induction loop system in the congress hall "spectrum".
  • In the lifts, the emergency alarm is indicated audibly. Alternatively, stairs are available.
  • In the event of an audible alarm, no visual light or flashing signal will appear except in the offices (the non-public areas).

Restaurant Calla and Café

  • Tables with bright and anti-glare lighting are available, on which there are no lamps restricting your field of view.
  • There is also no electroacoustic sound system (music loudspeaker) present.
  • In the restaurant, there are tables with low background noise.

 

A few tips concerning accessibility have been compiled by “Reisen für Alle” (“Travelling for Everyone”) in the following. You can find detailed information on their website (available only in german).

  • Assistance dogs are permitted.
  • The outside path from the stop “Schloss/Marktplatz” to the darmstadtium has tactile ground indicators on 70 percent of the route.
  • The entrance is visually high in contrast and is recognisable by a tactile and noticeable change in floor surface.
  • The house signage is written in an easily legible and high-contrast typeface.
  • The entrance foyer is equipped with glass doors. These are not labelled with security markings and open automatically.
  • There are no revolving doors to pass through.
  • Rooms and corridors are well-lit.
  • There are no obstacles, e.g. objects sticking out into the path/room.
  • Information is not available in braille or raised lettering.
  • There is also no consistent guidance system with floor indicators.
  • In the lifts, the emergency alarm is indicated audibly.
  • The stairs are not designed with visual or tactile high-contrast edges. Handrails are available.
  • The restaurant menus are written in a simple, high-contrast font.

 

A few tips concerning accessibility have been compiled by “Reisen für Alle” (“Travelling for Everyone”) in the following. You can find detailed information on their website (available only in german).

  • The name and logo of the enterprise is clearly recognisable from the outside.
  • The path’s destination is normally within sight or there are signposts at a constantly visible distance.
  • There is no information in simple language.
  • The menus do not include pictures, and the dishes are not presented visibly (buffet, bar).
  • The information is not displayed with pictograms or pictures (exception: WC signposts).